The Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA (GHRC) offers fall, spring and summer internships. We are now seeking Spring interns for January – May 2017 (specific dates are flexible).
GHRC, founded in 1982, is a non-profit, grassroots, solidarity organization dedicated to promoting human rights in Guatemala and supporting communities and activists who face threats and violence. GHRC documents and denounces abuses, educates the international community, and advocates for policies that foster peace and justice.
Role of Interns
- Because the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA is a small organization, interns are integral and involved in all aspects of our work. Depending on their interests, interns can hone their translating and editing skills working on our quarterly publication, gain experience planning and organizing events (such as fundraisers, speaking tours, or delegations to Guatemala), fine-tune their research skills assisting staff with affidavits for political asylum cases, and learn up-close how a nonprofit organization functions. Interns have an opportunity to work in all of the following areas:
- Publications: Translating, writing, editing, and publishing reports.
- Outreach: Maintaining and updating our media list, creatively forging links between our organization and others, and helping with congressional work, when applicable.
- Development: Researching grant opportunities, preparing direct mail letters, organizing fundraisers, and acquiring basic database and website management skills.
- Asylum documentation: GHRC works with a national network of attorneys on political asylum cases by providing legal research and expert testimony. Intern work may include researching particular subjects to support political asylum claims, organizing subject files, and compiling information to draft affidavits.
- All interns will have the opportunity to attend monthly coalition meetings, where upcoming legislative work and strategies are discussed, regarding US policy as it relates to Guatemala.
- Often, interns have the opportunity to attend congressional briefings and/or meetings with congressional staff. All interns will be able to participate in a thorough orientation session on legislative work.
- Interns may also have the opportunity to meet prominent Guatemalan human rights defenders.
- All interns will also be able to research a topic of interest pertaining to the human rights situation in Guatemala, work with an editor, and submit articles for publication.
It is a policy of our office that we all share in communal administrative tasks. Those tasks include answering phones, data entry, photocopying, filing, mailings, processing orders, and dispatching information.
The intern and GHRC/USA staff will usually decide together on the intern’s particular focus, according to the person’s interests and previous experience. A minimum of twenty hours per week is preferable.
*Please note in application if you have a specific interest in one of the following three areas: communications and fundraising, advocacy/organizing, or program and research.*
Strong written and oral skills, both in English and Spanish (ability to do English/Spanish translation is particularly useful)
Interns must be in the Washington, DC area for the internship and may not work from off-site
Though not a prerequisite, the following background is strongly preferred:
- Demonstrated interest in Latin America/human rights issues
- Activism in human rights, peace, and justice causes
- Good organizational skills
- Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPress or Indesign. Additional media skills a plus!
How to apply
Internships at GHRC/USA are unpaid positions; however, a small daily travel stipend is provided. College credit for an internship can be arranged. Please send a resume (with two references), a cover letter (with the dates you are available), and brief writing samples in English and Spanish by email to GHRC at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and “Spring Internship” in the subject line.
You can also send your application by mail to:
Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA 3321 12th St, NE Washington, DC 20017